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Penguins name new GM and fire their coach

Penguins name new GM and fire their coach

Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma gives instructions in the first period of game 1 of a second-round NHL playoff hockey series against the New York Rangers in Pittsburgh Friday, May 2, 2014. The Rangers won in overtime 3-2. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Former Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford has been introduced as the new GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins and the first thing he did was announce the firing of Dan Bylsma (BYLS’-muH) as coach. Rutherford stepped down as the Hurricanes GM in April after serving the franchise for 20 years.

Bylsma won a franchise-record 252 games behind the bench but failed to produce consistently in the playoffs.

After winning the Stanley Cup in 2009 the Pens have won just four of nine playoff series.

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